The present job market, in the country and also in abroad, is very competitive for candidates with employers often overwhelmed by the number of applications received for every single vacancy. In today’s tough economic circumstances, getting a new job is very onerous for most candidate but your fine-tuning CV can help ensure to get it.
In this article you will get the instruction how you can furnish you CV and make more acceptable to employer.
CV should be designed following a well-organized rational order, including more specific content as reader can easily understand your qualification and experience at a glance and CV should not be garishly furnished because this CV may stand out and grab the recruiter’s attention, but this could be for the wrong reasons.
Length of CV
You CV should be maximum two pages of A4 size paper; recruiters generally do not have the time to go through the unwanted and irrelevant content. It may be tough if you have had an extensive career history to adjust in two pages. So try to write down your earlier position and key achievements. Employers are more interested in your most recent, relevant career history and your achievement as well.
Tailor your CV - not just your covering letter
It’s important to furnish you CV to the job you are applying and not just the cover letter. You firstly should read thoroughly the job description you are going to apply and find the point you have accomplished or experienced, add this to your CV clearly. If you have skills gaps then make sure to mention your related skills you do have.
Start with a personal profile
In your CV you should write first the key skills and experience you have, perhaps the industries you have worked in and what you are looking for from your next job. It is far better than a lengthy covering letter. A really smart candidate prepares different CV for each different role he/she applies for.
Write your career history in chronological order, starting with the most recent job including dates. Precisely identify the key skills and experience you have had obtained while carrying out the role of your previous job, and this skills and experience should be relevant to the job you are going to apply.
Include your key achievements in the different posts that you have had. If you are invited to an interview, make sure you are ready to talk about them in detail.
Address career gaps
If you have a career gap in your work life for your personal and family reason or something else, then detail this in your CV.
Interests and Hobbies
If you want to include a section for mentioning hobbies and interest then add only those hobbies that can easily differentiate you from other candidates and may focus your CV from than that of others. Avoid the hackneyed as it will not add anything to your application.
While you don’t have to include the reference in your CV it is good to make it clear at the bottom of the CV that references are available upon request. If you include then mention at least two referees who would be prepared to give a reference if required.
Don’t forget to spell check before finally submitting it.
Some Resume Secrets
1. Ensure that everything listed on your resume correlates to the job you are applying to.
2. Your resume should be either one page or two full pages (not 1.5 pages).
3. Your resume should include at least 5 keywords from the job description. Also, all bullets need to be lined up correctly.
4. The font on your resume should be easy to read and not too small (preferably size 12).
5. Your resume should clearly show that you meet at least the minimum qualifications (preferably meeting additional qualifications).
6. Your resume should have a summary section at the very top that shows that you meet the requirements of the job. The summary section identifies how you can help solve the company’s problems. Hint: Your resume should not say “I am looking for a job in ……”
7. Each bullet on your resume should start with a positive action verb.
8. Correct verb tense should always be used. If it’s a past job, all verbs should be past tense. If you are currently working there, use present tense. This seems easy but you would be amazed at how much this is missed!
9. Your experience section should clearly detail results and accomplishments using numbers whenever possible (preferably quantified with percentages and numbers).
10. Your resume should show how you have added value and solved problems at every company you list. It should not just be a list of tasks.
11. Your education section should be clear with your degree, school name and applicable courses, projects or training that relate to the job you are applying to.
12. There should be absolutely no misspellings or grammatical errors.
13. You should leave the reader wanting to know more about you and it should include something unique and memorable about you. Remember, they are looking for someone who they can spend 40+ hours a week with. Show them that you are fun to work with too!